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December, 2014

Tilt toward the good . . .

Scientists believe a negativity bias is wired into the brain as protection against all the dangers faced over the millions of years of evolution. Our brains are alert to potential threats that might have an impact on our survival. In effect, the brain is like sticky tape for the negative experiences we encounter, while the …Continue reading

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Sharing can be difficult for kids . . .

Nearly every parent has watched a child refuse to share his or her toy. The child who is not sharing may even know that the fair and acceptable thing to do would be to share, but for some reason, he or she just can’t seem to resist grabbing the toy and holding on for dear …Continue reading

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Enjoy each other . . .

Parents can easily begin to feel that they are either disciplining their kids or chauffeuring them from one activity to the next, and nothing much else. It’s important to make time for some family fun! As humans we are hardwired to play, explore, and connect with others, so being a playful parent is one good …Continue reading

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Stress reduction in three minutes or less . . .

When your stress level is rising, take just a few minutes for a stress-reduction break! When you have one minute: Breathe in slowly and pause for a count of three. Exhale. Pause for a count of three. Repeat for one minute, pausing for a count of three after each inhalation and exhalation. When you have …Continue reading

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The “greeting card” family . . .

The holiday season is here, and it is often during this time that one personality trait stands out—perfectionism. The holidays are the time of year that seems to bring out the desire for everything to be “perfect”—creating the perfect meal, planning the perfect family gathering, buying the perfect gift, raising and displaying the perfect children, …Continue reading

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